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Richard B. Hilgartner and Daniel J. Merz

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Guide for Celebrating® Matrimony walks through each part the revised ritual noting best practices and appropriate adaptations while providing pastoral guidance for forming and catechizing couples; ideas for leading wedding workshops, handling difficult situations, and developing parish guidelines; as well as offering suggestions for parish evangelization and hospitality. This book includes: Theological reflections on the Sacrament of Matrimony; Historical overview of the development of Marriage rituals; Answers to frequently asked questions; A glossary and suggestions for additional resources; Inspirational and instructive quotations from Scripture and Church documents; Ritually instructive photos

Guide for Celebrating Matrimony highlights important historical developments and offers useful pastoral commentary on the second edition of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony. This resource will certainly assist clergy, musicians, and other pastoral leaders navigate an increasingly secular culture often at odds with the Church’s desire to proclaim the Paschal Mystery in the Sacrament of Matrimony.

--Christopher J. Ferraro, Director of Music, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Lindenhurst, New York

Anyone involved in preparing wedding liturgies will find this resource invaluable. Pastoral insights and practical suggestions are offered assuring that couples experience Christian hospitality, sound liturgical catechesis, and effective evangelization. The supportive role of the entire parish is highlighted.

--Jan Wood, Co-Director of Liturgy and Music, St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, Billings, Montanna

For those who are entrusted with the privilege of preparing engaged couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony, this book is a great resource of encouragement as well as a practical tool that will assist all ministers in implementing the newly promulgated The Order of Celebrating Matrimony. The authors offer practical and realistic commentary as they explain changes in the rubrics. And in the process they inspire readers to renew their energy for this meaningful work of sacramental preparation and evangelization. I intend to give this book to our parish lead couples, our parish musicians and our parish wedding coordinators so that we can continue to connect our engaged couples to our Catholic faith and the life of this parish community.

--Peggy Ekerdt, Pastoral Associate, Visitation Parish, Kansas City, Missouri

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